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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, September/October 2015

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11 September/October 2015 Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News • pmpnews.com tion of workshop instruction and prac- tical experience working with a skilled employee," he says. The Germans and their process of getting students formally involved in various industries "has worked over decades," Charlton says. " T h e r e ' s a s t a r k d i f f e r e n c e between our talent and their tal- ent," Charlton says, describing a "very capable" 21-year-old German apprentice he once had in the com- pany. "This student took the track where he spent 2.5 years working as an apprentice in a German com- pany, then went to University for his ME degree. The broad level of prac- tical skills, relevant knowledge, com- munication skills, and confidence level allowed him to contribute right away." "He was showing engineers things," Charlton adds about the apprentice. "We could put him on design right away." After 2017 the program needs to be self-sufcient, Charlton says. "We're also looking at utilizing workshops and instructors for other trainings as well, and two areas being explored are graduates out there with degrees and no practical experience, so we've explored the possibility to enable grads to gain three to six months expe- rience to make more marketing an employee from a manufacturing stand- point," he says. "Second, there are a lot of veterans out of the military with good mechani- cal and electrical skills, but companies are a bit wary of how well the skills convert," Charlton adds. Buczynsky and Charlton say they know students won't stay in the region once they move on from high school. "We want to give these kids a chance," Charlton says. "One of them got a scholarship and is going to Flor- ida Polytechnic, and said he probably wouldn't have had a chance had he not been involved in this program." An AmSkills apprentice working. Photo courtesy AmSkills.

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